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Location: WY : Vedauwoo
By: Chad Bowman When: Aug 15, 2005

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Comments: I must agree with they guy who said that most of the "Colorado, leave us the hell alone" comments are coming out of Laramie. And I hear most of those from students at UW. However, I know a couple of the major "players" I'll call them in Laramie in the climber's social circle. And they could care less. They rarely show their faces at the popular and "crowded" areas. They, as locals, know where the cool places are and few others, even Wyomingites, know these places. I lived in Wyoming for 21... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Baldwin's Chimney (5.4)
By: Chad Bowman When: May 19, 2005

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Comments: I'm not a HUGE fan of the route, but it does get you up to do the rap off of the Parabolic! As for active pro, you don't need it. All I ever take up this route is a set of nuts and a couple mid range hexes. And I NEVER use all of them. Belay at the top chockstone, take the hop across to the parabolic, and take one of the coolest raps in the Voo! I'm gettin ready to take my Dad, who hasn't climbed in 30 years, up this for the rappel!This makes for an easy couple hour trip from Chy town that ... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Southwest Friction (5.4)
By: Chad Bowman When: May 19, 2005

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Comments: Easy slab, and lots of fun. One thing my partner and I tried was to climb it without hands. if you're bored with Fantasia and the others, try it!


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Fall Wall : Cold Finger (5.7)
By: Chad Bowman When: May 5, 2005

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Comments: This was my first outdoor lead and it was scary as all get out. I would definitely recommend it for a warm up to lead Drop Zone, or just to screw around with!


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Ice Box (later renamed by s... : Prologue (5.6)
By: Chad Bowman When: Apr 24, 2005

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Comments: I'm sorry, but I just can't see this as a technical climb. When I set up the routes next to it, I usually solo this route to get to the top. If someone is terrified of leading trad, toss them on this!


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Ice Box (later renamed by s... : Sore-O-Pod aka Spatial Juxt... (5.8)
By: Chad Bowman When: Apr 24, 2005

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Comments: I agree that the crux is at the beginning. I climbed it yesterday and I don't think it's any harder than 5.8. I heard that Zack's book rated it a 9. This is rediculous. It is tough, but it's not a tough Vedauwoo climb.This is one of my favorites!


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Walt's Wall : Friction Slide (5.7)
By: Chad Bowman When: Jul 26, 2004

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Comments: I apologize, the flake is on the left side, not the right.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Horsetooth Reservoir : Piano Ridge : Bootie (V1)
By: Chad Bowman When: Jun 27, 2004

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Comments: Definitely a highball. I did it today with a new climber and he also did it. I climbed up to just below the top and jumped off - it's a decent height. I just had one pad, but it's totally safe. My buddy fell about five times before he finally finished it, but he didn't think much of it.As for the climb itself, the face moves are some of the most fun at Horsetooth. Definitely worth sending once for anyone.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Ice Box (later renamed by s... : Second Iteration (5.10d)
By: Chad Bowman When: Jun 25, 2004

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Comments: Great climb, dyno start to great face climbing. The crux is the finish, 10c/d, but no harder than that. The last move I dyno'ed to the sloping face (I shredded a sweatshirt a bit). Not a bad climb, pretty new too! Be careful if you set a TR for the pendulum effect.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Walt's Wall : Friction Slide (5.7)
By: Chad Bowman When: Jun 25, 2004

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Comments: If you don't use the boulder behind you on the right variation, it feels like 10a (and it's a lot of fun!)


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Cool Jet (5.11b)
By: Chad Bowman When: Jun 25, 2004

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Comments: I climbed this route last fall and it was hard - solid 11b or c. I particularly like the face below it if the boulder behind you isn't used. Once to the piton and on the route, it felt like a one-move 11. After the piton, it feels like a difficult 10. The jams suck, but they're there. For the first timer, climb SW Friction or Fantasia and TR using the bolts above Fantasia. I would definitely recommend doing this route at least once.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Horsetooth Reservoir : Rotary Park
By: Chad Bowman When: Mar 11, 2004

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Comments: This is a load of crap - they implement a bunch of "improvements" and then expect us to use them and then pay for them. Utter crap! I assisted in fending off the park "service" in Vedawoo, WY from doing the same things up there. Several other mentors succeeded in fighting them in the courts, but the damage was still done - things were still installed against climber's wishes. I think Congress should hear about it, because the local gov can't get it right. Ugh, I'm feelin a brr, ya dig!


Location: WY : Vedauwoo
By: Chad Bowman When: Dec 16, 2003

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Comments: I made a post on the route Drop Zone in May, but now that I read more into this site, I think it's more appropriate here. I've been climbing for a couple years and Vedauwoo is my home. The more I travel to places like Hueco and the Gunks, the better I feel when I come home to the Voo. Don't get me wrong, I loved climbing at both of those places. I just feel in my element at Vedauwoo.

As for Skip Harper, I greatly admire him. He's done so much for documenting the area, and we should all be t... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo
By: Chad Bowman When: Dec 13, 2003

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Comments: I made a post on the route Drop Zone in May, but now that I read more into this site, I think it's more appropriate here. I've been climbing for a couple years and Vedauwoo is my home. The more I travel to places like Hueco and the Gunks, the better I feel when I come home to the Voo. Don't get me wrong, I loved climbing at both of those places. I just feel in my element at Vedauwoo.

As for Skip Harper, I greatly admire him. He's done so much for documenting the area, and we should all be t... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Fall Wall : Drop Zone (5.10a)
By: Chad Bowman When: May 24, 2003

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Comments: I've been climbing only two years, but I must say that this is one of the best slabs anywhere. I agree that it might a be a bit over bolted right at the start, but once you turn up, I think the bolts are spaced just about right. I also agree with the fact that there's a potentially nasty fall at the start. One thing I've noticed, sometimes people will skip every other clip all the way through the route. I think that this isn't a bad idea, but be aware of the beginning.As for Skip Harper, I g... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Etude For The Left Hand (5.5)
By: Chad Bowman When: May 15, 2003

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Comments: I was here a couple of weeks ago. I took a look, and I can't even tell if there's been bolts installed period. Fun climb though. If you feel comfortable with the right side, definitely try this (enter the slab from the boulder you use to get up on the relatively flat "lunch time" rock, not from the right). Good practice for Drop Zone on the fall wall.